Equity & Inclusion Consultant, Buncombe County (closes 2/26/21)

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Closing: 2/26/21
Salary Range: $60,030 – $79,540 annually

Job Description:

This position is funded through the Safety and Justice Challenge grant and will lead collaborative racial equity work in our local criminal justice system. The position will support expanding data analysis and the review of policies and practices using the Racial Equity Workgroup’s equity tool; provide training opportunities to stakeholders; and partner with justice system stakeholders and community members to identify root causes driving already identified inequities and co-designing solutions and interventions.

The primary purpose of this position is to support the development, implementation, monitoring, and improvement of local government policies, programs, and initiatives that promote diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts throughout the local criminal justice system.

Essential Functions:

  • Implement and facilitate trainings, workshops and events to promote equity and inclusion within the County and justice system partners.
  • Use quantitative and qualitative data to help identify and support mechanisms to remove barriers and improve equity and inclusion within the justice system.
  • Collaborate with County departments and justice system partners to develop strategies and tactics for increased equity through policies and programs, and design implementation plans that promote equitable outcomes.
  • Collaborate with internal and external departments to develop, implement, and track results of the Criminal Justice Equity Action Plan.
  • Provide technical assistance to internal stakeholders on using racial equity tools in day-to-day decision making.
  • Support data analysis and research initiatives used to inform the Criminal Justice Equity Action Plan’s accountability and metrics reporting.
  • Coordinate and support Interdepartmental Equity Action Teams in delivering core competencies of the Criminal Justice Equity Action Plan.
  • Support data analysis and research initiatives used to inform the program’s Equity Action Plan’s accountability and metrics reporting.
  • Provide leadership, guidance and support in the delivery of equity policy and initiatives in conjunction with internal and external partners.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology, Public Administration, Ethnic Studies, or a related field and a minimum of three (3) years of demonstrated successful and progressively responsible experience in program management and leadership in the administration of community, education, and/or social justice programs which have a sustained focus on the implementation of diversity and equity programming; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Additional Training and Experience: Experience in the field of diversity, equity and inclusion, working professionally in the government, business, consulting, nonprofit, and/or academic sectors preferred.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of principles and best practices of diversity, equity and inclusion in both workplace and community settings; processes and procedures associated with development and implementation of equity programs; principles and best practices of change management; and best practices for community engagement and training.
  • Knowledge of mission, goals, and objectives of the organizational unit, program, or activities to which incumbent is assigned;
  • Skill in strategic and critical thinking; problem solving; Conflict resolution and mediation.
  • Ability to analyze and assess programs, policies and operational needs and make appropriate adjustments.  .
  • Knowledge of public administration and public policy development, including government financing mechanisms and intergovernmental relations.
  • Ability to direct/support systems analysis, strategic planning processes, organization development processes.
  • Ability to effectively analyze and develop programs, policies, and initiatives.
  • Ability to develop positive relations with other departments and agencies, and elected officials, and to facilitate collaborative planning processes.
  • Ability to develop performance measurement systems and initiate continuous improvement processes
  • Ability to bring resources together to resolve a problem or provide a solution.
  • Ability to analyze and interpret policy and procedural guidelines and apply this understanding to tasks.

Supplemental Information:

This is a position is full-time, eligible for benefits, and grant funded. The end date for the grant is March 31, 2023 unless it is extended.

Buncombe County Government realizes the importance of a diverse professional workforce and the need to foster a responsive and innovative organizational culture, one that fully engages all of our employees, honoring and building on each employee’s unique experiences, opinions, and perspective.

It is the policy of Buncombe County to provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all persons regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, physical or mental disability, age, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other legally protected class under federal or NC State law. In addition the Agency expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment or discrimination.

Applicants for employment are invited to participate in the affirmative action program by reporting their status as a protected veteran or other minority. In extending this invitation, we advise you that: (a) workers (applicants) are under no obligation to respond but may do so in the future if they choose; (b) responses will remain confidential within the human resource department; and (c) responses will be used only for the necessary information to include in our affirmative action program. We are a company that values diversity. We actively encourage women, minorities, veterans and disabled employees to apply. Refusal to provide this information will have no bearing on your application and will not subject you to any adverse treatment.